“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” Matt 7:12 MSG
END ON A WIN
Jeff and I have a rule and that is, “If you are ever going to try something new… always make sure you end-on-a-win.” In other words, we don’t leave the bowling alley without at least first hitting some pins. We don’t leave the driving range without hitting our best ball of the night, we keep making phone calls until someone says “yes”, we don’t publish a work until it has been properly worked over. As winners, Jeff and I have made it a practice to always “end-on-a-win”.
A good friend and I were having a conversation the other day about people who aren’t Christian’s and yet- seem to have “everything” (i.e. STUFF) in life. Cars, houses, money etc. They were asking me WHY, WHY, WHY? Not negatively (as you might imagine), but positively in a seeking to understand on a deeper level why do the ungodly seem to prosper? While good men and women of God tend to appear to be constantly struggling?
It was at this moment of ministry to another, that the Holy Spirit began to minister to me as well. What He was communicating to me and through me, went right along with King Davids oh so poignant Psalm:
“Behold, these are the ungodly, who are always at ease; they increase in riches. Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, And chastened every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children. When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me— Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.” Psalms 73:12-17
Scripture indicates that the followers of Christ that remain faithful observers and doers of the Word to the end, WILL END WELL. Those who deny Christ, WILL NOT END WELL. Time and time again in the Word it confirms this train of thought by repeating the premises; Heaven and Hell, life and death, blessing and cursing. What is it that followers of Christ do that no one else does, that causes them to repeatedly END WELL? Followers of Christ STRIVE to build relationships with others in love!
A non-believer doesn’t stay up late praying for their friends or enemies. A non-believer doesn’t give when it hurts. A non-believer doesn’t do their best to be honest, trustworthy, and just. A non-believer doesn’t rejoice when their friends get Baptized or saved for eternity!
A non-believer can start out with EVERYTHING, and end up with NOTHING- all because they isolated themselves into a greedy self-serving hole!
LET’S SPECIFY “CHRISTIAN”
2000+ years ago, you would have NEVER had to explain this to people because HE WAS THERE, however there are now so many different religious organizations that claim to be “Christian” you really have to be CLEAR in defining Christianity. Oxford’s Dictionary defines “Christian” as such: “a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.” True Christians are followers of Christ. Paul admonishes us by saying, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Cor 11:1 This type of following of Christ can only be achieved by studying Christ and His Word. How did He think? What did He do? Where did He go, and why? Christian’s who END WELL, follow Jesus!
A believer can start out with NOTHING, and end up with EVERYTHING (total WHOLENESS)- all because they gave of themselves in order to enrich the lives of others!
YOU TOO CAN END WELL
If recently maybe you too began to feel down, watching others who do not worship God succeed, I would like to encourage you today that YOU WIN.
- YOU are building relationships!
- YOU are making friends!
- YOU are doing unto others!
- YOU work to enter into the sanctuary of the Lord!
- YOU WIN!
Sometimes we all need a little reminding that we who serve the Lord ARE NOT like the others, and while they put their trust in things- those things doth rust and corrupt, while we have treasures yet in store!
Chin up my friends! Trials are fleeting, GOD IS IN CHARGE! He knows right where you are at, and what you are dealing with. THE SCALES WILL BALANCE. God is a fair and righteous Judge, He has seen your struggles, and is working on supplying you with a VICTORIOUS finish! Do I believe that your victory can manifest NOW and in the flesh… ABSOLUTELY! Jesus was quite a VICTORY! Even in His death He was victorious!
“In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.” 2 Cor 2:14 MSG
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“Father God, I WANT to be a follower of Christ and end on a win! I come to you in prayer asking for the forgiveness of my sins. I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is your Son, and that he died on the Cross that I might be forgiven and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and I ask you right now to come in to my life and be my personal Lord and Savior. I repent of my sins and will Worship you all the day’s of my Life! Because your word is truth, I confess with my mouth that I am Born Again and Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus Name, Amen.”
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